PEDOT:PSS Transparent Electrode for ITO-Free Polymer:Fullerene Bulk-Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells

Ren Jie Wu, Fu Chiao Wu, Leng Yu Huang, Bo Ren Lin, Wei Yang Chou, Horng Long Cheng

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Abstract

Conducting poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) films have high potential as flexible transparent conductive electrodes in various devices. In this study, two simple robust methanol-based treatment methods, namely, dipping process (DP) and solvent vapor annealing (SVA), were used to improve the electrical conductivity of PEDOT:PSS films in order to make them suitable as electrodes in organic solar cells (OSCs). Then, the characteristics of the methanol-treated PEDOT:PSS films were investigated. After the methanol treatments, the sheet resistance of the PEDOT:PSS films (ca. 100 Ω/Sq) were improved by more than 200 times, and the work function (∼5.0 eV) was nearly unchanged in both methods. Two completely different possible origins of the improved conductivity of the methanol-treated PEDOT:PSS films were addressed for DP and SVA approaches. Both methods were suitable for preparing methanol-treated PEDOT:PSS films that can be used as anodes for polymer-fullerene-based OSCs. The photovoltaic performance of the modified PEDOT:PSS-based devices was comparable to that of indium tin oxide (ITO)-based devices, thus demonstrating their practicality. The methanol-treated PEDOT:PSS films show great potential as flexible transparent conductive electrodes for ITO-free and metal-free devices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAM-FPD 2019 - 26th International Workshop on Active-Matrix Flatpanel Displays and Devices
Subtitle of host publicationTFT Technologies and FPD Materials, Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9784990875374
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul
Event26th International Workshop on Active-Matrix Flatpanel Displays and Devices: TFT Technologies and FPD Materials, AM-FPD 2019 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 2019 Jul 22019 Jul 5

Publication series

NameAM-FPD 2019 - 26th International Workshop on Active-Matrix Flatpanel Displays and Devices: TFT Technologies and FPD Materials, Proceedings

Conference

Conference26th International Workshop on Active-Matrix Flatpanel Displays and Devices: TFT Technologies and FPD Materials, AM-FPD 2019
CountryJapan
CityKyoto
Period19-07-0219-07-05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Media Technology
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation

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    Wu, R. J., Wu, F. C., Huang, L. Y., Lin, B. R., Chou, W. Y., & Cheng, H. L. (2019). PEDOT:PSS Transparent Electrode for ITO-Free Polymer:Fullerene Bulk-Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells. In AM-FPD 2019 - 26th International Workshop on Active-Matrix Flatpanel Displays and Devices: TFT Technologies and FPD Materials, Proceedings [8830572] (AM-FPD 2019 - 26th International Workshop on Active-Matrix Flatpanel Displays and Devices: TFT Technologies and FPD Materials, Proceedings). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.23919/AM-FPD.2019.8830572